Don't Expect Obama to Champion Capitalism and Human Rights in Cuba
By Benny Avni, New York Post
The virtues of capitalism is one thing President Obama isn’t likely to promote in his trip to Cuba, where he landed Sunday evening.
Yet it is capitalism – along with human rights, the ability to resist oppression and dream of a better future – that the island needs more than anything. For now, these will remain dreams.
The cigar industry is the pride of Cuba. Stogie novices habitually ask experienced smokers, “Is that a Cuban?” (Or, even worse, “Can I have a puff?”) Yet, Cuba is no longer at the top of the smoker’s pecking order. Its cigar industry is falling behind the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras and others in the neighborhood,
Yes, they still roll a great cigar in Cuba. But quality controls almost don’t exist. Your Cohiba, Monte Cristo and even less known brands, like Ramon Allone (a great smoke you can get in Cuba for $7), vary in flavor, draw and other taste tests. By contrast, you always know what you get when buying a cigar from, say, the Dominican-based Arturu Fuente.